The heads of five UN organisations have made a joint statement calling on governments to make seafarers and air transport workers a priority for COVID-19 vaccinations.
The UN Crisis Management Team for COVID-19, under the leadership of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has recognised that all countries should consider seafarers and aircrew, who are required to travel across borders during the pandemic, as a priority group for vaccination against COVID-19.
"For shipping and air transport to continue to operate safely, the safe cross border movement of seafarers and aircrew must be facilitated. We reiterate our call upon countries that have not done so to designate seafarers and aircrew as key workers.", they said in the joint statement,
"Seafarers and aircrew need to be protected through vaccination as soon as possible, to facilitate their safe movement across borders. We also call on governments to identify and prepare for the challenges of COVID-19 vaccination of seafarers and aircrew, particularly for seafarers spending long periods of time away from their home country."
The statement was signed by the heads of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Read the full statememt here: pdf
The NSU continue to support all moves to vaccinate seafarers as a priority and, with our partner unions at the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) will continue to campaign for sefarers to have key worker status.
Read more here: ilo.org/
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